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A row of rifles for sale is on display at a gun shop in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, 2012. The mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., has prompted questions about the effectiveness of "red flag laws" passed in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Should 18-year-olds be allowed to buy semi-automatic rifles? State and courts debate

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In some states, your 6-year-old child can be arrested. Advocates want that changed

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Officer Alexander Bires of SEPTA, the transit system for the Philadelphia region, speaks with a homeless man about outreach services at the 11th Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line in Philadelphia. Michelle Gustafson for NPR hide caption

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Transit riders are worried about safety. Police in Philly are trying a new approach

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Sgt. Joe Dydak and Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum examine bullet holes in a car. They're part of the Philadelphia Police Department's new citywide team investigating nonfatal shootings. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Philadelphia set a homicide record in 2021. Now police hope a new tactic deters crime

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A pill press machine seized by authorities is displayed during a news conference outside the Roybal Federal Building in February 2021 in Los Angeles. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Amadou Diallo's murder became symbolic of the NYPD plainclothes excesses. Courtesy of the Diallo Family. hide caption

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New Yorkers want gun violence to end. A controversial police unit returns to help

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Darrell Brooks, left, speaks with a lawyer during his initial appearance, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis. Brooks is charged with intentional homicide after SUV was driven into a Christmas parade. Mark Hoffman/AP hide caption

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There's a backlash brewing against bail reform after the parade tragedy in Waukesha

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After the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., news organizations started to keep their own tallies of deaths, which turned out to be higher than the government's numbers. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Jennifer Longdon and her fiancé were getting tacos when both were shot by an unknown assailant. Today she's an Arizona state lawmaker. Gun violence prevention and disability rights are her top priorities. Michael Ging hide caption

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After 25 Years In The Dark, The CDC Wants To Study The True Toll Of Guns In America

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A demonstrator holds her hands up while she kneels in front of the Police at the Anaheim City Hall on June 1, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Reform pressures have many cops leaving the job. APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Violent Crime Has Stayed High — Whether Police Are The Answer Is Up For Debate

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